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Improving Your Sax Playing the Fast Way

The Woodshed

I’ve recently begun to throw myself full force into practicing again. Although I’ve done quite a bit of professional playing in my day, the last few years have seen me doing a lot more work at the computer and a lot less at the horn. But unlike other periods where music performance was a more central […]

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Tips and Wisdom from Saxophone Virtuoso Greg Banaszak

Greg Banaszak

This article serves as the show notes for this week’s podcast interview with Greg Banaszak. Greg Banaszak is a rare breed of saxophonist indeed. First off, let’s start with his status as, literally, one of the most esteemed classical saxophonists walking the planet at this time. The New York Times refers to him as “A Saxophone Tour […]

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Is it Worth Buying a “Pro” Model Saxophone? – Part II

Ask a Saxophone Repairman

This article is part two if a two-part interview series with Matt Stohrer on what it is that makes a saxophone a true “pro” model. If you haven’t done so already, check out part I to get the full scoop. DO: In your opinion, what makes a saxophone truly a “pro” horn as opposed to […]

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What Makes Saxophone Stalwart Mel Martin Tick?

Mel Martin

Playing alongside giants such as Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Boz Scaggs, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, and B.B. King, Mel Martin has cut his teeth in the company of some of the jazz history’s finest. With his outings as both a leader and solo artist, Martin has collected honors such […]

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Is it Worth Buying a “Pro” Model Saxophone? – Part I

Professional Saxophone

This article is part one of a two-part interview series with Matt Stohrer on what it is that makes a saxophone a true “pro” model.   With his relentless passion for all things saxophone, Matt Stohrer is a fountainhead of in-depth knowledge when it comes to the repairing, selling, and trading of saxophones. After servicing […]

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Is It Time to Teach?

Saxophone Lessons

This is a guest post from saxophonist and educator David Erato of You’ve taken lessons for a few years or more. You have basic knowledge of music theory and proficiency on your horn. It may be time to share your knowledge with others. But to what degree? Will teaching be your main source of […]

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Accelerate Your Musical Progress with Some Killer Practice Aids

Saxophone Practice Aids

This guest post is from saxophone and multi-reed player, composer, recording artist, and educator Sam Sadigursky of This month, I want to share two of the best practice aids on the market, things that are a big part of both my individual practice and my teaching studio. The Tuning CD: The concept behind this CD is […]

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Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Saxophone

Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Saxophone

This is a guest post by Mark Catoe of 1. Politics kept the saxophone out of the orchestra. When Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone, his shop made all the parts for all his instruments (including woodwinds and brass). The other instrument makers in town really didn’t like this, because they had been assembling interchangeable […]

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